From Amy Adams:
An Open Letter to Jayanth Banavar, Provost and Senior Vice President, and Michael Schill, University of Oregon President –
Dear Sirs –
I am an alumna of the University of Oregon School of Music (1990) and a longtime part of the Oregon Bach Festival (as a musician in the chorus, and more recently as a patron and fan.) I am involved with several arts organizations in our beautiful city, including the Shedd Institute, Eugene Opera and Eugene Symphony.
What has happened to our beloved Oregon Bach Festival? How can the university stonewall the public’s very justifiable demand for explanation?
It’s incomprehensible – and a simple “Sorry, but it’s difficult and necessary and utterly confidential” accompanied by an administrative shrug and a repetition of that weak and banal press release is insufficient answer, considering the enormity of the university’s and festival’s action.
Matthew Halls’ personal reputation as a musician, a conductor, an artistic director is being sullied while the university sits by and does nothing. The community’s trust in the Oregon Bach Festival, and in the University of Oregon itself is eroding while the university does nothing.
If the underlying rationale for Halls’s firing was solid, then issue a statement. (A truth-filled one, it hardly needs to be said, that begins to undo the damage done by the weak and unconvincing OBF statement issued to the public.)
If the underlying rationale for Halls’ firing was poor – then the ONLY morally just thing to do would be walk it back and correct it. Otherwise, you personally are asking the OBF community to accept your decision on faith, while simultaneously undermining your own credibility.
Please, gentlemen, speak. Act.
“No matter how far you have gone down the wrong road, turn back.”
Amy Adams, Class of 1990